Posted: April 28, 2016

The Scott County Fair in Jordan is known far and wide as the “Five Best Days of Summer.” But what happens the other 360 days of the year — when the 4-H members take their prized animals home, when the carnival caravan leaves town, and the exhibit halls are empty once again?

Well, you need to see the pre- and post-fair calendar to see the flurry of activity during every season of the year! Brides and grooms exchanging wedding vows in the gazebo, nationally recognized truck and tractor pulls, national dog shows, fund-raising events, motocross racing, and more!

Tractors will be pulling in… In fact, in 2016, for the first time in years, the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) will kick off the ScottCounty Fair! On Wednesday, July 27, the oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization will be here! Whether you are an Allis Chalmers, International Harvester, John Deere, or Minneapolis Moline fan, this will be the place to be. Or if you know nothing about tractor pulls and want to experience one, this would be a great time to do so.

It’s a whole new experience with its own phrases like bite, boost, turbos, cams, carbs, cleats, drawbars, semis, headers, drop the hammer, and others! Classes of competition include Modified, Super Stock (Open or Diesel), Two Wheel Drive, Truck, Mini Modified, Semi, Pro Stock primarily. The following classes will be held at this year’s Fair:

  • Four Wheel Drive
  • Super Farm Tractors
  • Super Stock FWD
  • State PS Semi/Super Semis
  • Pro Farm Tractors
  • Limited Pro Stock Tractors

Managed by World Pulling International and headquartered in Ohio, the event will feature professional pit crews and drivers.

Who let the dogs out? Lake Minnetonka Kennel Club Dog Show!

For a number of years, the Lake Minnetonka Kennel Club Dog show and Obedience Trials have been held in June at the Scott County Fairgrounds. Conformation judging is held outdoors, with the exception of Toy and other small breeds that will be judged inside. It’s a “don’t-want-to-miss event” for every dog lover, with supporting events on Friday followed by two days of judging on June 11 and 12. This year, Obedience Trials will be held only on Saturday with morning and afternoon trials. There is no admission fee and a nominal fee for parking. Many dog owners camp right on the fairgrounds. Come meet the breeds — including German Shorthaired Pointers, Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, Boxers, St. Bernards, Old English Sheepdogs, and a variety of Toy breeds — in the Education tent. Events will include weight-pulling demonstrations. Over 800 dogs will be on show and a timetable showing when the breeds will be judged will be on our Scott County Fairgrounds website at about one week before the show.

MuckFest MS

We’re excited to announce that MuckFest® MS is coming to Scott County! MuckFest MS Twin Cities, happening on Saturday, August 20, is the fun mud run with the best obstacles around! No special training or equipment required: Just bring a pair of sneakers and your sense of humor.

The 72-acre fairgrounds will be transformed into the greatest mud show and obstacle course spectacular ever seen! Participants run on the well-designed 5K course, featuring super-sized obstacles (and mud!) from start to finish. This event is built for laughs, but it’s also a serious mission to support people living with multiple sclerosis and to bring us closer to a world free of MS. And 100 percent of fundraising dollars support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s mission to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost, and end MS forever.

After getting dirty on the course, runners (called “muckers”) go to the Scrub Your Muck clean-up station and then head over to the Muck Festival area to down a beer (or soda) or two, grab some grub and decide, once and for all, who had the most epic spill of the day. Children get to join in the fun with a mucky, pint-sized play lot just for kids called the Lil’ Muckers. Registration is already open at

Marriages and more!

So many couples have exchanged vows under open skies at the Scott County Fairgrounds. The setting includes a water fountain courtyard and gazebo for an intimate, natural setting. You can hire your own caterer, and the Fair offers large gathering buildings for post-wedding receptions and dances. But the fairgrounds are also a great option for anniversary celebrations, company parties, family gatherings, or class reunions! Call the Fair Manager at (952) 492-5440 to discuss the infinite possibilities. Rental of the Fair’s Carousel and the Ferris Wheel may also be available.

Arts galore!

During the Fair, the best exhibitors participate! Make sure to browse the premium book and find categories you can enter. Entry fees are only a quarter, and you can win ribbons and money (sweepstakes classes pay even more)! Participating gives you a feeling of accomplishment and sense of community. Please join us for a fun and friendly time in the Creative Arts Building. We will have several educational demonstrations daily. The deadline for entries is July 15. If you don’t have a computer or computer access, call the Fair Office at (952) 492-2436 to sign up or find out more. This year, the Fair is holding a new photo contest featuring “Farm Equipment” photos.

Article from the Scott County Scene found on page 3 of the April/ May 2016 edition.

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